Norway (Day 12 & 13)

June 29

At Sea

This is the commencement of a two-day, 1,400 miles jaunt from Honningsvag to Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland . . . 

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[Leaving the snow-capped north . . . ]

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[For what will obviously be views of vast amounts of water, at this point through gathering sleet . . . ]

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[But continuing hints of blue sky were exciting . . . ]

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[Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I suspect we are approaching Sommaroy . . . ]

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[Sommarøy is an old fishing village in the western part of Tromso Municipality in Troms county.  It is located about 36 kilometres (22 mi) west of the city of Tromso and is a popular tourist destination due to its white sand beaches and scenery.  The 0.34-square-kilometre (84-acre) village has a population (2017) of 321.  The fishing village covers the island of Store Sommaroya as well as part of the neighboring island of Hillesoya and many smaller surrounding islands.  The village is a typical fishing village with great local fishing fleets and substantial fish processing and other industries.  Tourism is also important in Sommarøy.  There is a hotel and rental cabins available (Wikipedia).]

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[If I’m wrong on the village, all this is for naught . . . ]

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[The Super and Bill took advantage of the improving weather for outdoor photo ops . . . ]

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[It really is quite scenic . . . ]

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[Are we having fun yet?]

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[Why I think this is Sommaroya is because this looks like the Sommaroya Bridge . . . ]

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[Soon to be trending to open seas . . . ]

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[Courtney reminded me of Amy Sunderland, the director of Alex’s senior college . . . ]

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[Bill and Anne settling in for two days of cruising . . . ]

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[Just a guess,  but the Tjeldsund Bridge is a suspension road bridge that crosses the Tjelsundet strait between the mainland and the island of Hinnoya in Troms county. The bridge is 1,007 metres (3,304 ft) long, the main span is 290 metres (950 ft), and the maximum clearance to the sea is 41 metres (135 ft). The bridge has 32 spans (Wikipedia).]

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[The open sea . . . ]

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[And a rainbow . . . ]

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June 30

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[These are Scottish, not Norwegian, oil patforms, as I recall . . . ]

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[Now I remember, I finished this book for book club.  Cruising in open water is really a good time to catch up on one’s readings . . . ]

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[Hellooooo!  Anybody out there?]

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[Pretty much why a life at sea never held any appeal for me . . . ]

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[Cruise ship interior tranportation lanes.  Next stop, Shetland Islands . . . ]

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He didn’t really like travel, of course. He liked the idea of travel, and the memory of travel, but not travel itself.  ~  Julian Barnes

Up Next:  “The Biddies”? (Ooops, published that first)

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